Showing posts from March, 2009

Flood Fight Layout Sketch & Cutter File

Well, so far Fargo seems to be winning the flood fight! More like the first battle was won, but the war is still on.

Many have had to build walls around their home, help a neighbor or family member or jumped in and helped as a volunteer. For all of those, here is a layout to help you scrap your experience.

Journaling IS the most important part of a layout like this.

I made two separate cutter files to go with this sketch. One is of a single house with sandbags and the second is the one shown here in the sketch. To view these files, please visit

Fargo Flooding Pics 2009

These photos are NOT lakes or beaches. This is ALL farmland south of Fargo under a whole lot of flood water.

I have been forced to take a break from scrapbook blogging. I live in Fargo, ND and we are experiencing some very serious flooding. The Red River flows through Fargo and north to Canada. Normally this river is about 14' deep. Right now Red is 40 feet deep and climbing! So if you've missed us on the national news, Good Morning America, the Today Show and more - just google Fargo Flooding 2009 to see the devastation.

For more flood photos be sure to visit my photo a day blog at:


Mt Rushmore Layout

I just love this layout. It is a digital layout using fotofusion software. I used just the trial version and really enjoyed it. It allowed me to layer, add embellishments and even some editing of photos.

I think I'm going to start working with hybrid scrapbooking. That is where digital and paper/physical items are used.

The only reason I can't do it now is that I don't have a 12x12 printer. I just love being able to use a photo as the background! It allows me to personalize the layout, but also really match the content! Just click on the pics to see them as full versions.

Fargo Flooding 2009

Would you like to know what's going on around us? Here in Fargo we deal with a lot of spring run off every year, however, we don't usually have this much water! We did in '97, but this isn't as bad of weather, just as bad of water and run off. In this photo you see a backhoe building up the dike. This is a dirt mound follow a road between downtown Fargo and the quickly rising river. You can just see the river to the right of this photo. The water WILL reach up and lap at the top of this dirt wall.

Fargo Flood Cam is HERE - Now realize what you are viewing is downtown Fargo and that normally you don't even notice the water there! It's a tiny little river wayyyy down 30' + lower than it is now!!

3-25-09 - Good Morning America (March 25, 2009) Go to videos and click on Fargo Flooding. Story is

I've compiled a few links for those emailing me and asking me about the situation:
WDAY Radio - h…

Newsletter - Good idea or bad?

I'm seriously considering putting together a monthly newsletter from my blog. I would do a blog hilight, a project, showcase one of my files, have a challenge, and I'm not sure what else. What do you think? Any comments? Any readers out there? lol

Let me know

Comments are the ONLY way I know I have readers and any interest at all. Anybody out there?

Bunny Hutch

Many of you have seen my gingerbread house file. It is one of my favorites, well Kristal (being the very creative person that she is!) didn't just see a gingerbread house! She had some amazing ideas for this file! Visit her blog (TheScrappinGypsy) to read them all.

Her wonderful and creative ideas made me see this file in a whole new way! I just love what she did here and how cute are those bunnies?!!
Here you see her very adorable bunny hutch using my gingerbread house cutter file!

This is a photo of the cutter file as a Gingerbread house. Thank you so much Kristal, for such a fun little bunny hutch!!! I might just have to make a layout using your idea!!!

Stickles 10% Off Coupon on Stickles and Leprechaun Bear

I LOVE Stickles! I do not like glitter glue. Glitter glue dries in clumps, it dries clear and barely even sparkles. Stickles is amazing!!! It dries all sparkly and goes on like a dream!!! I love it so much I went to store owner, Sherri, and asked if I could do an exclusive promotion!

This sketch is the inspiration for next weeks Tuesday night class. That isn't true, the Stickles inspired it! They made me think of rainbows and Spring filled days!

I am so excited to offer you an exclusive coupon for10% offALL of your Stickle purchases from my favorite online store!!! Now it will be easier to get each of the colors of the rainbow for next weeks class!!! I have purchased from many times and been super impressed with the speedy delivery and wonderful customer service!

I will also be using the following Stickles colors:
Stickles Christmas Red Orange Peel Yellow Baby Blue Green Purple
Optional for the coins in the pot O' gold

Use coupon code 'T…

Free Thank You file from Sky

Be sure to visit Designs by Sky and vote for her elderly uncle, you'll get a really cute cutter file for your time!! All you have to do is visit the link in her blog and vote! Simple enough to get the 'Thank You' file she has designed!!

How cute is that?? Great job Sky!

Over The Rainbow Sketch (March 17th Class)

This really fun, whimsical and very colorful sketch will be the inspiration for my class next week! I did create a cutter file for the Pot O' Gold and coins and will have it uploaded this weekend.

I put in a request to Esther, from EsthersCreativeDesigns, for a Leprechaun tear bear and I will be adding that left of the pot. She is soo creative!!! (The tear bear is represented by the green guy on the right side of the sketch)

I will also be using the following products:
Stickles Christmas Red Orange Peel Yellow Baby Blue Green Purple
Optional for the coins in the pot O' gold

Mardi Gras Sketch

Here is the sketch for tonights class. You can use any embellie you want in place of the mask on the left page and the title on the right.

I've included a supply list at the bottom of the sketch.

I will be using the mask paper piecing and Mardi Gras title as shown here.

Building a cutter team

Well, I've reached that point where I can't do it all and I need to develop a cutter team. I frequently put off designing files because I know I won't have time to cut them. Then, I lose the file idea! I'm looking for a team of five.

1 - You must have the desire, experience and time to be able to cut at least three - six files a month (you'll pick them). Please realize I do NOT work with simple diecuts. Make sure you are familiar with my style before requesting to join my team.

2 - You will have access to my newest files free of charge.

3 - You cut the file and assemble it in one week. Then embellish or use it as desired. Take a photo of the completed project/file and email the photo to me.

4 - In accepting to be a part of my design team, you give me permission to use the photos of the finished files on my blog, in my store and on my web site. You may then keep the cutter file for your personal use as desired.

5 - I will expect feedback on each file. I will…

Layouts For Sale

As many of you know, I have a scrapbooking group. I create a layout, from scratch and my own ideas, every Tuesday. After a couple of years of this, I've grown quite a pile of layouts!

Many people have asked me if I sale my layouts and I've always said no, I plan to use them. Well, it's reached that point where I have to admit I'm not using them! I keep putting it off and I just need to step up and either use them or let someone else.
I love all of these layouts and have really enjoyed sharing them with my friends. My good friend, Esther, has encouraged me to sale them. She was at my house and saw my layout storage. LOL oh, if I'd have had a camera at that moment! She has convinced me they aren't doing anyone any good if they aren't being used.

So, today is the day. I AM going to put them in my newly created Etsy store. Thank you dear Olenka and Esther for bringing this cute little site to my attention. Now though, I haven't a clue what to put as a $ on the…